65. The UK is a world leader on broadband availability,
but more remains to be done. Broadband should not be seen as a
luxury. It is now a vital component in education, healthcare and
business. Access should be available to all at affordable prices
and at adequate speeds.
66. We welcome the rollout of broadband. However
a number of issues within the programme need to be addressed.
Not enough has yet been done to ensure that those who live and
work in rural or remote areas are not disadvantaged. We do not
want to hold back areas that are already well connected, but we
believe that those in rural areas need broadband just as much
as those who live in towns and cities. They should not be overlooked
simply because they may be harder to connect.